Viewing a vibrant vision

Published on: 21 Jan 2014

A far-reaching vision of how the Lake District should look in 2030 has made strident steps towards ultimate goals, according to a new annual report.

Twenty four leading organisations are working on inspirational sustainable development in action as the globally renowned national park prepares the case for World Heritage Status.

Lake District National Park Partnership's vision identifies a raft of opportunities in areas as diverse as farming, forestry, housing, transport and carbon reduction. It wants to boost the economy, visitor experience, communities and the spectacular landscape, including its culture and wildlife.

Partnership and community co-ordinator, Clive Wickham, said the annual report showcased commitment to the goals and aspirations of England's first national park partnership initiative.

He explained: "Our vision has made significant gains in the last 12 months, with exciting plans for 2014, including maximising opportunities to secure some of the £270 million worth of government and EU funding for local growth in the county.

"The annual report points to successes in agriculture, forestry, environmental stewardship and working with Defra on the European Regional Development Programme for England.

"Businesses, residents and visitors will be delighted to hear our target is to help deliver improved mobile phone and superfast broadband coverage by the end of 2015."

The partnership is made-up of organisations and businesses with a vested interest in the Lake District now and in the future, pooling expertise and resources for all-out impact, added Clive.

"Affordable homes for local people will always be high on the agenda, as will achieving an integrated transport network. We already lead the country in adopting measures to cut carbon and the dedicated drive continues."

The report has been circulated among government departments, ministers, partner agencies and can be viewed on www.lakedistrictpartnership.co.uk

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